[an-tee-pee-nuhlt, -pi-nuhlt]


the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.

Origin of antepenult

1575–85; < Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima the second (syllable) from the last, feminine of antepaenultimus standing before the penult. See ante-, penult
Related formspre·an·te·pe·nult, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the third last syllable in a word

Word Origin for antepenult

C16: shortened from Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima; see ante-, penult
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Word Origin and History for antepenult

1610s; see antepenultimate.

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